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Our Battle for Azeroth content hub is filled to brim with useful information to get you started with WoW's latest expansion!

Release Date

World of Warcraft's latest expansion will be released on August 14, 2018. You can find out more information in this post.

Pre-Purchase Battle for Azeroth

If you pre-purchase the expansion, you'll get a level 110 boost and gain early access to four Allied Races. The Digital Deluxe Edition comes with various goodies in all Blizzard games except Diablo.

Game Version Pricing Buy Link
Standard Edition $49.99 // 44.99 EUR EU / US
Digital Deluxe Edition $69.99 // 59.99 EUR EU / US

Allied Races

Highmountain Tauren, Lightforged Draenei, Nightborne and Void Elves are four Allied Races that can be unlocked before Battle for Azeroth goes live. Pre-purchasing the expansion won't unlock them though. They're gated behind Exalted reputation standing with Legion factions and achievements.

If you boost an Allied Race character to level 110, you won't be able to receive Heritage armor.

It's very likely that Blizzard removes the gating at some point before Battle for Azeroth launch. It would not make much sense having them gated behind old content.

Allied Races Unlock Requirements

Allied Race Requirements
Highmountain Tauren Ain't No Mountain High EnoughAin't No Mountain High Enough + Exalted with Highmountain Tribe 
Lightforged Draenei You Are Now Prepared!You Are Now Prepared! + Exalted with Army of the Light
Nightborne InsurrectionInsurrection + Exalted with the Nightfallen
Void Elf You Are Now Prepared!You Are Now Prepared! + Exalted with Argussian Reach

Allied Races in Battle for Azeroth

Four Allied Races have been confirmed so far. The Alliance will be able to unlock Dark Iron Dwarves and Kul Tirans, whereas the Horde can convince Mag'har Orcs and Zandalari Trolls to join the faction. The aforementioned Allied Races will be gated behind Battle for Azeroth content and can't be unlocked before launch. So far, we looked at Dark Iron Dwarves, their totems, customization options of Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Troll Druid forms.

Azerite Armor

Set bonuses are gone in Battle for Azeroth and the legendary amulet is used to unlock Azerite traits on Azerite Armor. The plan is to introduce three pieces of Azerite Armor to the game - Head, Shoulders & Chest.

Blue Posts

A collection of blue posts dealing with a variety of subjects in Battle for Azeroth.

Build Highlights

Battle for Azeroth is currently in Alpha. We have overviews with creature models, items and latest changes:

Class Changes

In the latest dev watercooler, Blizzard talked about Class design philosophy in Battle for Azeroth. There's a new BfA build every week and we keep track of all talent changes here. A detailed overview for every build can be found below:

In addition to that, Hunters can no longer change a Pet's specialization in Battle for Azeroth.

Customization Options

Articles here deal with additional customization options for existing races.

Dungeons

Ten new dungeons will be added to the game in BfA. We looked at Dungeon Journal entries and compared item levels of loot rewards after the squish.

Heart of Azeroth

With the removal of Artifact weapons and traits, all players will receive a Legendary neckpiece called Heart of Azeroth. The main goal is to collect Azerite (Artifact power) and empower it in order to unlock Azerite armor traits. The first set of traits is now available for testing on Battle for Azeroth Alpha

Interviews

Several community websites had the chance to sit down with WoW devs on April 5 to talk about Battle for Azeroth.

Island Expeditions

Plunder uncharted Islands in Battle for Azeroth. The new 3-player dynamic Scenarios come in four difficulties and the goal is to collect 6,000 Azerite before the opposing faction!

Legacy Loot Mode

Personal Loot used in dungeons since Patch 7.3.5 was not well received by transmog collectors. Blizzard is trying to fix it with the introduction of Legacy Loot mode.

Mounts

If you're an avid mount collector, Battle for Azeroth will most definitely not disappoint you. Plenty of cool mounts are coming and we covered the following flying/ground mounts so far:

Mythic Keystone Changes

No huge changes are planned for the Mythic Keystone system. It has been received well in Legion. We datamined some spells related to Mythic Keystone customization and a new (possibly level 10) affix.  Tyrannical & Fortified affixes will be moved to level 2 Keystones to avoid awkward power spikes.

Profession Changes

Most First Aid recipes have been moved to Tailoring and achievements are now Feats of Strength, hinting at a possible removal of First Aid. An early look at Profession changes and new recipes can be found here.

Q/A

Game Director Ion Hazzikostas is periodically answering your Battle for Azeroth questions. The latest Q/A was conducted last week.

Raids

Uldir will be the first raid of the expansion. We previewed early Dungeon Journal entries and found out that Blood God G'huun is the final boss of the raid. In a future raid (probably a Nighthold equivalent in BfA), we're going to fight Azshara

Timewalking

Mists of Pandaria is receiving its first Timewalking raid in Battle for Azeroth.

Visuals

Hunters and Warlocks received new spell animations.

Changelog

April 5

Blizzard revealed the release date of Battle for Azeroth. We also added the latest information to the hub, including Dark Iron Dwarf & Mag'har Orc playable classes, latest talent updates, Azerite traits, and more!

March 26

The hub got updated with a bunch of new articles including new customization options for Blood Elves, talent updates for Alpha Build 26287, new creature models and a post dealing with global cooldowns in BfA.

March 22

A new Alpha Build arrived on Battle for Azeroth Alpha realms. Blizzard added the Dark Iron Dwarf racial mount, two Dwarf Paladin Ram mounts and more!

March 21

We added our preview of Island Expeditions to the website.

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On 3/18/2018 at 3:58 PM, Stan said:

Allied Races Unlock Requirements

Besides the requirements listed below, you must have at least one max level (110) character on the destination realm of your Allied Race character.

Example: I want to create a Nightborne on Illidan and in order to do so, I must have a level 110 Horde character on the same realm.

I don't think this is true, I made a highmountain Tauren druid on a server I have never been on before. Literally just have that character on it.

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4 hours ago, Envisi said:

 

I don't think this is true, I made a highmountain Tauren druid on a server I have never been on before. Literally just have that character on it.

Fixed, thanks :).

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On 18/03/2018 at 12:58 PM, Stan said:

Uldir will be the first raid of the expansion. We previewed early Dungeon Journal entries and found out that Blood God G'huun is the final boss of the raid. In a future raid (probably a Nighthold equivalent in BfA), we're going to fight Azshara

F I N A L L Y! You know what would be cool for this? Bring Farondis to help us.

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6 minutes ago, Syktris said:

F I N A L L Y! You know what would be cool for this? Bring Farondis to help us.

Isn't Farondis still missing?

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